This post was created by a partnership with the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Are you looking for an easy pork chop recipe? This Easy Pork Chops with Brown Sugar, Garlic & Rosemary is simple and delicious! The flavor combination is perfect and this meal that can be on the table in 15 minutes or less! #porkchops
Sandra Kavan Serves Nebraska’s Pork Farmers
Sandra Kavan enjoys using her background growing up on a farm in rural Nebraska to help farmers statewide. She shared that small town living instilled a sense of responsibility in her. Responsibility to her family name. Who you are and what you do affects your entire family in small-town America. The same is true with farmers. Farmers are our connection to food. What farmers do and how they do it affects the reputation of all of us in agriculture.
Sandra now works to provide continuing education classes to bacon farmers all across Nebraska. She helps keep farmers updated on changes in laws and regulations that they might not otherwise hear about. Sandra is on the front line in helping transfer information and demands from grocery shoppers to farmers.
Grandpa’s Best Pork Chops
In the mid-nineteenth century, many people had a few animals on their farm. As farmers began to implement more technology and learn to do their jobs better they formed countywide pork producer groups across the country. Many groups began as a way to brainstorm ideas to promote their product – pork.
Back in the day, Sandra’s grandpa was a member of the county pork producers. He picked up this Pork Chop with Brown Sugar & Rosemary recipe at one of the many meetings and pork promotions that he attended. This recipe is so good it’s a staple on the Kavan family dinner table.
Pork farmers are really passionate about properly cooking the pork. Sandra sent me this picture as a friendly reminder to all of you how farmers make amazing pork chops – they use a digital meat thermometer!
We’re all busy, but farmers are too, so it makes sense that such a DELICIOUS and EASY recipe would come from a farm family!
There are a few secrets to success with this recipe:
- Use thick cut chops because they stay juicier than thin chops
- Grilling is the preferred cooking method
- Use a hot pan or grill to sear the juices inside the pork chops immediately
- Use a digital meat thermometer to cook pork chops to 145ºF – be sure not to overcook your chops
- A blush of pink in the center of the chops is delicious, safe and juicy
- When pork chops are done cooking let them rest before slicing
- Set pork chops on the counter 30 minutes prior to cooking, but be sure to follow all food safety guidelines
Printable Pork Chops with Brown Sugar & Rosemary Recipe
Easy Pork Chops with Brown Sugar & Rosemary
- 2 pork chops 1" thick
- 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 2 teaspoons rosemary
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 tablespoons butter for stovetop cooking method
- Set pork chops on the counter 30 minutes prior to cooking, but be sure to follow all food safety guidelines.
- Mix brown sugar, rosemary and garlic salt. Generously cover all sides of the pork chops with this mixture.
- Get grill or skillet hot. If using a skillet on the stove top add butter and then pork chops. Flip after one minute so that each side is seared.
- After about 3 to 4 minutes, when the chops are white halfway up the side, flip one last time. Cook for 2 additional minutes. Monitor closely and check the internal temperature with a digital meat thermometer.*If using a skillet keep a close eye that the sugar mixture doesn't burn. Add butter before to the skillet before it burns if the mixture begins to look dark.
- Let rest for three minutes before slicing to allow the juices to more evenly redistribute and maintain maximum juiciness!